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Ripple: A Stable and Convenient Addition to the Cryptocurrency Market

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When we talk about the cryptocurrency market as a whole, Bitcoin always seems to take the center stage. Since its development in 2009, Bitcoin has been the most frequently used digital currency among the traders around the world till date. As a result, a significant number of traders seem to overlook the activities associated with the rest of the eighteen hundred cryptocurrencies, more commonly known as altcoins or alternative coins. Among these altcoins, Ripple is majorly familiar to the investors for the stability it provides and for the convenience of using its technologically advanced network. Here, a few aspects of this ingenious digital currency will be discussed.

Ripple’s Introduction to Cryptocurrency Market:

Ripple basically refers to a real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system developed by a company of the same name. The Ripple Company, based in San Francisco, at first developed Ripple as an efficient remittance network as well as a currency exchange. The main purpose of introducing Ripple to the market was to offer an instantaneous transaction facility to its users spread across the globe. The focus was also on providing an impregnably secured system so that the users can rely on the system without any major concern.

Ripple was first released as Ripple Transaction Protocol (RTXP) in 2012. Since then, it has undergone numerous updates to make the system even more effective and user-friendly. The latest update took place on 3rd February of 2018 when Ripple version 0.81.0 was successfully launched. Despite undergoing so many developments, the core technology of this cryptocurrency still remains unchanged. The structure of Ripple’s system is based upon a consensus ledger, a distributed open source protocol, and its globally accepted cryptocurrency XRP.

Ripple network is capable of supporting various fiat currencies along with other commodities and cryptocurrencies. Also, it can also operate among other internet service providers, various organizations, and within the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Being one of the most stable cryptocurrencies in terms of total market capitalization and value of an individual coin, Ripple’s popularity among both novice and experienced traders is growing rapidly. As a result of this, Ripple now holds the third position behind Bitcoin and Ethereum in the list of Coinmarketcap.

Figure 2: Ripple’s Official Website

Breaking down Ripple’s Technology:

As mentioned above, Ripple’s technology is a decentralized open-sourced protocol that can offer a lightning-fast payment system with a veritably low transaction cost and also without any charge-backs. The principal constituents of Ripple’s technology include gateways, a consensus ledger, a payment/forex system, privacy settings, market makers, and an open API. The XRP coin of Ripple network acts as a bridge to other currencies (both fiat and digital). As Ripple does not discriminate between a fiat and a cryptocurrency, exchanging one currency for another is considerably easy on its network compared to others.

Advantages Provided by Ripple:

Ripple’s ingenious technology comes with myriads of beneficial features for its users. Some of those advantages are:

Greater speed: The payment system of Ripple offers an incredible speed in comparison with other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. As a result, transactions can be carried out instantaneously on this network. The average time taken for each transaction is approximately four seconds on Ripple’s decentralized system.

Distributed system: Ripple’s decentralized network provides a highly efficient distributed payment procedure that can be operated from any part of the world as long as there is a decent internet connection available.

Scalability: Scalability is one of the principal features that Ripple exhibits. Scalability refers to the ability to execute multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining accuracy and quality. When it comes to transactions, Ripple network is capable of maneuvering nearly 1500 transactions per second without any interruption or glitch. This tremendous ability makes Ripple extremely favorable to numerous cryptocurrency traders.

Stability: Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin often suffer from a drastic decline and recover from it in no time. This capricious nature makes certain cryptocurrencies unreliable to invest. Many cryptocurrency experts have remarked such currencies as “bubble” due to their volatile nature. On the other hand, Ripple’s price, however small it may seem in comparison with Bitcoin’s whopping figure (circa $11,000 on 27th Feb 2018), is very stable and does not undergo drastic changes. This feature makes XRP one of the most reliable cryptocurrencies available in the market.

Exchanges Where Ripple Is Available:

There are several cryptocurrency exchanges available in the cryptocurrency market accepting Ripple nowadays. The most reliable ones among them include Bithumb, Coinone, Korbit, Bitso, Bittrex, Bitfinex, Poloniex, BitStamp, HitBTC, Kraken, etc. Also, new exchanges like BitPanda, CoinMama, and many more have also started accepting Ripple as a valid cryptocurrency. The way more and more investors are inclining towards Ripple, it is likely to get listed on other cryptocurrency exchanges as well.

The Current Position of Ripple:  

As far as overall market capitalization is concerned, Ripple currently stands on the third position in the list of cryptocurrencies with a market cap of approximately 38 billion (as on 27th February 2018). An individual XRP coin is equivalent to $0.967513 at the moment with a steady upward trend.

Figure 3: Ripple Chart on 28th Feb 2018

Ripple Speculation:

In 2017, the price of Ripple grew by nearly 28,000%. Judging by this trend, many speculators are hopeful about a significant escalation in Ripple’s total market cap as well as the value of its XRP coin. Another reason behind such positive speculation is Ripple’s tendency to engage in fructuous partnerships and customer acquisition. In the previous year, Ripple got involved with 75 commercially deploying customers.

Conclusion:

With the technological ingenuity, reliability, and convenience it offers to its customers, Ripple is likely to achieve more significant feats along with moving further up in the list of cryptocurrencies.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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